The Disciple and the Fear of God!!!
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many Sparrows. Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in Heaven……. Matthew 10:24-33
Continuing from the instructions Jesus gave His Disciples when He sent them out. We have seen how He told them to expect persecution from the religious leaders, from their family members and friends and also from the government. In the verses, He explained to them that all our persecution is simply because we are becoming like our Master. Let us therefore consider What our Master faced lest we become discouraged on our Journey.
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master : Here is a very important and simple principle. We cannot expect to be treated better than our Master or our Teacher. How can we be above the person that is our Master and our Teacher? That is ridiculous!!! Yet it is possible that many Christians expects that. Then if so, it means they are on the wrong track. How did they treat Jesus our teacher and our Master? They called Him ” Beelzebub” which means “Prince of Demons”. They hated Him and Finally Crucified Him. Let’s never forget that the world has not become anyway better than it was in the first century. If Jesus were to come to Earth today the same way He came then, the world will still reject Him. The world has not changed!!! The Spirit and Ruler of this world is still the same as the one who ruled in the first Century which is Satan. So if we seek to establish the Kingdom of God which is the complete opposite of the Kingdom of this World. We cannot expect the ruler of this world to accept that. He would attack it with all His Powers if He finds that it is a threat to His Kingdom. But if He finds that the Church does not create threat to His Kingdom, He will not Persecute them. So when We are part of a Fellowship or Church that is not hated and Persecuted, or falsely accused, we need to wonder if we are a threat to Satan at all. Maybe that’s why we are getting a congratulations from the people and government of the world. Jesus was never treated Like that!!! A Disciple cannot be greater than His Master!!! If Our Master was hated and Persecuted, Do you think we are going to be accepted? If the world will not receive our Master, do you think they would receive Us? Far from it!!! Let us therefore Check the reaction of the world towards us and our fellowship, if the world accepts us, it could be that we are compromisers who are not teaching All that Jesus taught.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household: Think of that!!! If they called Jesus the Master of the House “Prince of Demons”, what are they calling You? We can know if we are Members of God’s Household by being called worse name than “Beelzebub”. Some of Us think we are True Disciples and Members of Christ Household but can you tell me some of the bad names people have called You. Not for the stupid things You did but rather because You stood up for Christ and for the Truth of God’s word. This is how to know You are a member of His Household or a Compromiser. Are you looking for fame and Honour in Christianity? The only Christianity that brings fame and Honour is a false Christianity. If you are a True Christian and Slave of Christ who chose to proclaim the whole purpose of God. According to this verse, You will be unpopular, You will be called Fanatic, false teacher just Like Paul. It is amazing how the Devil can so blind people that when you Preach something written in the Bible, they called you False teacher but when You preach things not based on Scriptures, they celebrate You.
Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops : This is one of the most most favorite words of Jesus “Fear not”. There should never be fear in our Hearts as True Disciples of the Lord for there was no fear in our Master. God is one day going to reveal the hidden secrets and motives that makes people Persecute us and call us bad names. Everything will become known!! So why are we afraid? Those who are afraid are those who have a skeleton in their cupboard. It is all going to be revealed one day!!! The whole world is going to see it, if You don’t Confess repent and Forsake it. All our hidden Lives will be made known one day. So if you are sure that to the best of Your knowledge, You have kept Your Hidden Life pure, then Go ahead and proclaim what the Lord told You in the Dark while others slept. Go ahead and speak what the Lord Spoke to You while You were waiting upon Him in the middle of the night. As Long as You have nothing to hide, Go to the rooftop and proclaim what the Lord spoke into Your ears. You have nothing to be afraid of. Fear not!!!
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Hell: We must never be afraid of Man. For Man cannot touch our Soul. If there is anyone whom we should fear, it should be God!!! We are not to be afraid of anyone, any government, any Demon, and even the Devil Himself. We are only to fear God!!! For if we fear God, we need fear nothing else(Isaiah 8:13,Living Bible). I remember when Jesus was led to Pilate and Pilate said to Him ” Do know I have power to crucify You or release You” But Jesus replied Him, ” You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above(John 19:10-11). Jesus told Pilate that it was because His Father permitted it. We can say the same thing in the midst of persecution. No one can touch us without the Father’s permission!!! This is the way we can become Free from the Fear Devil, Demons, government and Man. For We know that God will never allow us to be tempted beyond our abilities(1 Corinthians 10:13). So why Fear?
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows: Think of this!! Despite the Millions of Sparrows on Earth, none of them dies without our Heavenly Father knowing about it. There is no single bird that dies without God being aware of it. If His eyes are on the Sparrows, how much more we who happens to be His Children whom He has paid so Great a Price to acquire!!! Are we not much more valuable than Many Sparrows? Yes we are!!! God cares so much for us to the extent that He knows the total number of our hair!!! For All the Hairs of our Head has been numbered by Him. Can you imagine God knows the exact number of Hair that falls off from our head even when we were not aware of it. His Eyes is always upon us to know the exact point when and where the Hair falls. God watches over us to the extent that even things we are not worried about like the falling of Hair, never skipped His eyes. God knows every detail of what is happening to us. God’s care is so intense, so we don’t have to Fear.
Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in Heaven: Jesus is proud to confess the names of those who boldly Confess Him before Men. And equally, those who are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of. We can deny the Lord in two ways. One is by opening saying like Peter “I don’t know Him” and the other is just keeping silent not wanting anyone to know you are a Disciple of Jesus. Then, You have denied Him and He will also deny You in Heaven before the Father. Blessed are those Who boldly Confess in their office, to their relative, and wherever they go that they are Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. And who are not ashamed to let it be known that they are Disciples of the Lord. Such Disciples can be sure that Jesus will also Confess them before the Father in Heaven. It would be a great Honour on that Day when the Lord shall call out those who have boldly confessed Him before Men to present them to the Father. Don’t come short of it!!!
Dear Friend, A Disciple cannot be above His Master. We are to become Like our Master in all areas. Is this your aim? If this is Your aim, they know that You will be insulted, called different bad and terrible names. You will be unpopular and be treated as the filth of the world. You will be treated exactly the way Jesus was treated. But You don’t need to fear, as long as your hidden Life is perfect before God, there is nothing to be afraid of. If You fear God, You don’t need to fear any other thing. The worst any man can do is touch Your Body according to the permission of Your Father. He cares for You my Friend!!! If you fear Him, You don’t need to fear any other thing. May the Lord create a desire in us to become more Like our Master. May He give Us Grace to conduct ourselves in all purity and reverence for God until we see Him in Glory(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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The Disciple and the Fear of God!!!